University of Toronto
Emma Ayukawa actively seeks out ways to combine her future career in nursing with her concerns about the environment and the climate crisis. Earlier in her studies she served as student liaison for the Ontario Nurses for the Environment Interest Group. In this role, she initiated a social media campaign to highlight nurses’ roles in the environment, created content for newsletters and hosted the interest group’s Annual General Meeting. Emma plans to continue to engage nurses and students in environmental advocacy projects.
The Student of Distinction award honours a current undergraduate nursing student who has made significant contributions acting as a change agent, resource and mentor within their undergraduate nursing program. This student also shows active involvement in RNAO regions/chapters/interest groups.